LIMESTONE

A sedimentary rock composed of calcium carbonate; includes many varieties. (See oolitic limestone; dolomitic limestone; crystalline limestone).


MARBLE

A metamorphic rock composed essentially of calcite and/or dolomite, generally a recrystallization of limestone to marble.


NATURAL BED

The setting of the stone on the same plane as it was formed in the ground. This generally applies to all stratified materials.


NATURAL CLEFT

This generally pertains to stones which are formed in layers in the ground. When such stones are cleaved or separated along a natural seam the remaining surface is referred to as a natural cleft surface.


ONYX MARBLE

A dense, crystalline form of lime carbonate deposited usually from cold-water solutions. Generally translucent and shows a characteristic layering due to mode of accumulation.


OOLITIC LIMESTONE

A calcite-cemented calcareous stone formed of shells and shell fragments, practically non-crystalline in character. It is found in massive deposits located almost entirely in Lawrence, Monroe and Owen Counties, Indiana and in Alabama, Kansas and Texas. This limestone is characteristically a freestone, without cleavage planes, possessing a remarkable uniformity of composition, texture and structure. It possesses a high internal elasticity, adapting itself without damage to extreme temperature changes.


PALLETIZED

A system of stacking stone on wooden pallets. Stone which comes palletized is easily moved and transported by modern handling equipment. Palletized stone generally arrives at the job site in better condition than unpalletized material.

POLISHED

The finest and smoothest finish available in stone characterized by a gloss or reflective property.
New Mexico Travertine